Tag: Disaster Preparation

A recent report details efforts by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture to strengthen military readiness and protect the environment. The 2020 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishment Report was published on August 26, and reviews projects carried out during fiscal year 2019. According to William Jordan Gillis, the assistant […]

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September is National Preparedness Month, a time to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, the wildfires in the west, and other natural disasters, it’s especially important to think about what you […]

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In August, representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Energy, and Microsoft met virtually to discuss their efforts to develop artificial intelligence (AI) that would help first responders engaged in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. The goal of this partnership is to mitigate natural disasters by protecting property and lives, including those […]

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Featured article: The Value of Conceptual Planning During Disasters by Michael Long The Army Design Method is a useful tool for understanding poorly structured problems and developing approaches to solving them. It is the most effective methodology for conceptual planning within the military. After a year-long fellowship at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I have learned of its utility […]

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Wendell Chris King, Ph.D., P.E., Dean Emeritus of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) addressed students and faculty from the University of Saint Mary’s (USM) on September 21, the International Day of Peace, as part of the Simons Center Distinguished Speaker Series. The presentation was hosted by Dr. Karenbeth […]

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According to Department of Defense (DoD) officials, more than 7,000 active duty and National Guard service members are prepared to respond to Hurricane Florence. DoD officials also said that the department is working with civilian agencies and federal partners in support of regions affected by the storm. U.S. Northern Command is “actively posturing” DoD forces in […]

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September 1 marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, with the theme for 2018 being “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to remind us that “we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.” In her message on National Preparedness Month, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen […]

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The Hawaii National Guard and active-duty military personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District), Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are preparing for Hurricane Lane to make landfall. FEMA has activated its National Response Coordination Center in Washington, DC, and the Hawaii National Guard has activated its emergency operations […]

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Hurricane season has arrived for some and is fast approaching for others, with Pacific hurricane season beginning today, May 15, and Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1. Ready.gov offers a digital toolkit to help prepare for hurricane season, including what to know before, during, and after a hurricane. The toolkit contains social media posts and links to graphics/videos […]

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Featured article: Disaster Response: Lessons Learned from the May 2007 Greensburg Tornado by Bradley Jenkins On May 4, 2007, severe weather ravaged the midwest United States, wreaking havoc throughout the state of Kansas. As night fell on Kiowa County, a tornadic supercell developed, creating the conditions for a catastrophic tornado to form near the small town of Greensburg. At […]

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